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09 Apr 2017

V-Drums World Championships

Did you even know that this was a real thing? I was surprised that this was an actual event – but thank goodness it is! These musicians are of a special breed – conducting entire productions with just a V-Drum controller by Roland! Check out this video to see this amazing feat:

09 Apr 2017

How It’s Made : Ribbon Microphones

If you’ve never flipped through your cable channels on a lazy Sunday afternoon and stumbled upon the show How It’s Made – you’ve been missing out. Everything from Swiss Watches to Bugattis to – you guessed it – ribbon microphones. Check out this video and see how it’s done!

09 Apr 2017

Overused Effects – what’s your guilty pleasure?

Everyone has at least one guilty pleasure. Maybe it’s Zac Efron flicks, maybe it’s Madonna. Or if you’re like us, it might be a plug-in. If it is, you’re on the right site. There have been many overused effects and sounds in music – from the 80’s hair snare to the 90’s pop slap bass. (Seinfeld is exempt from this, of course.) Probably the most notably overused effect in recent musical history is Antares Auto-Tune. Back when T-Pain released “Rappa […]

09 Apr 2017

An Interview with Mick Guzauski

It’s hard to find someone with a longer and more impressive credit list than Mick Guzauski. He is mixing some of today’s biggest hits and is shaping the sound of the modern mix with credits like Pharrell, Alicia Keys, and Daft Punk. We were lucky enough to chat with him a bit after his presentation at Sweetwater’s Gearfest 2014 this weekend. (Check out some other great interviews over here.) Mick gives us an inside look at his workflow and current […]

08 Apr 2017

8 Things That Audio People Hear That Normal People Don’t

1. The crowd track on guitar hero. I mean, what normal person doesn’t think there is actually a crowd cheering them on. 2. The street noise on the drive back from a loud concert. Let’s be honest, we’re the only ones wearing ear protection. 3. “Wait…is that drummer’s perspective…or audience…or a left-handed drummer…IT MATTERS!” 4. “GASP – Is that a NSFW website?” No, it’s GearSlutz. It’s an audio site. Look it up!! 5. Fakeness like it’s a sin. I mean, […]

08 Apr 2017

Getting The Most Out Of Your Studio Time

You’re probably pretty busy. I know I am. Between work and life, there’s not always a lot of time for recording. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a lot done. I’ve wasted hours that I didn’t necessarily have – but that’s because I wasn’t making the most of my studio time. I’ve learned how to focus in and get more done in less time. Here’s what I do: [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left”] 1. Always have a goal. [/wc_box] I never […]

07 Apr 2017

The World Wide Recording Studio

Just over twenty years ago, people could never have dreamed about what our current technology can do. I mean, we can talk to people – face to face – no matter where we are in the modern world. There are more videos on the internet than we have time to watch, and we’re always connected with our “friends.” So why can’t we record someone on the other side of the globe? Well, we can. And we do. [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left”][wc_heading […]

07 Apr 2017

Sweetwater Gearfest 2014 Coverage – The Hottest Gear Is Here

We are here at Sweetwater Gearfest 2014 and wanted to share with you all some of the amazing things happening here – check out these videos for the latest gear from Universal Audio, MikTek, M-Audio, iZotope, and so much more! Also, be sure to check out the interviews with Mick Guzauski and Chuck Chiles!

07 Apr 2017

Happy Halloween (Samples)!

Happy Halloween! If you’re trick-or-treating around here, then we’ve got a special treat for you! That’s right – Halloween samples! Click here to download some free WAV Halloween samples from Free-Loops.com! When would you ever need that, you ask? Well, even though the uses may be few and far between, it’s always nice to have a few samples that you can use when the time is right! Check out one of my favorite uses of a sample like this – […]

06 Apr 2017

On Mastering Your Own Tracks

Should you master your own tracks? I know that you’re probably jumping out of your seat right now, spewing off all of the responses that have become second nature for most engineers: “Never master your own tracks!” “It’s good to have a second opinion on your tracks that only a different mastering engineer can give you.” “Mastering takes 20+ years of experience and $200,000 worth of gear and room.” You’re right – if you’re talking about professional mastering. But what […]